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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,242
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 772 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of sethmeister
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked best before June 09.

Clear bubbly luminous amber with a large cream colored head which drops to a film quickly. Very attractive.

Scent unfortunately is hard to detect. All I get is a faint grassy odor.

Taste is caramel and toffee balanced with a slight hop bitterness. Diacetyl and perhaps a hint of toast. A slight peppery flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and nicely carbonated up front becoming round and creamy.

Not the best Oktoberfest around but certainly not bad and I did enjoy drinking it.

sethmeister, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours two good fingers of loose foam over
a clear amber brew. There's almost no carbonation in this sample, and
the nose is mild toasty malts and a bit of herbal hop. The flavor is sweetish
up front- with notes of butterscotch lightly balanced by some mildly peppery
hops off the back. Mouthfeel is pretty round for a lager but by no means heavy.
Ofests are supposed to be pretty easy drinking and this one certainly fits the
bill. This particular one doesn't blow me away but it gets the job done. Do try
as many Octoberfests at this time of the year, and make this one of them.

shadow1961, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of daledeee
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went out for a meal and noticed this on tap.

I received my pint glass and it had virtually no head. Sorry, I must discount this beer due to the bar's poor kegging ability.

Nose was weak due to no head. Some malt and hops.

Taste was very drinkable and loaded with nice roasted malts and hops and some caramel behind that. Mouthfeel was still tingly even though there was no head. Overall a rather enjoyable beer.

daledeee, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my excuse for a stein. Best by Feb 2009, so this is fresh

A: Copper colored pour with a massive two-finger thick beige head. Tons of visible carbonation

S: Bready and mildly spicy with a hint of hops; mildly citrus like. Solid!

T: Starts off rich and malty with wonderful caramel sweetness to go with the bready character. There's a hint of a pepper-like spice that, while uncommon for style, works really well here. The finish is dry and very tasty

M: Light -to- medium in body with excellent carbonation and a great finish, this one's great

D: This is definitely one of my favorites. Well done, Jim Koch!

DefenCorps, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of thequeen711
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this was a pretty good offering from the vats of Sam Adams. This seasonal Oktoberfest is light and refreshing, with just a hint of caramel. The hops and malt were well balanced and almost refreshing. This is one of the better Oktoberfest beers,

thequeen711, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into clear glass earlier today.

A Thin head which dissapeared reasonably quickly. Brown, caramel body which is very typical of many Oktoberfests I have had.

S Very malty, moderate smell with some hops detectable. A very smooth smell.

T Malts dominate with some hops (much like the nose).

M Very smooth, moderately full.

D Just fine but nothing that gets me too excited.

Notes: This struck me as a very "safe" brew from Sam Adams but unfortunately for me a little bit boring. On the positive side it is certainly a fair example of an Oktoberfest and anyone buying or drinking this will not be dissapointed there.

adamette, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of DeepSix
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Started with a nice head that stayed around for a little while. A light amber color with carbonation visible. Slight lacing visible.

I really don't smell much here, maybe a touch of malt, but was kinda disappointed here.

Tastes pretty watery actually for this dark of a beer, some minor sweetness visible, along with malt, no hops to speak of. Light mouthfeel, thought I'd get something thicker, but given the watery taste I can't say I was surprised. The carbonation was fairly light given that I saw in the body.

I guess not a terrible seasoning offering, I don't really like their 2 warmer months ones, so eh. I remember this tasting a lot better on the taster I had the other week, maybe this one of those beer that you have to drink on tap or this just a bad six pack, I'm sure I'll have it again at some point

DeepSix, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Chimes recently as was not impressed, but after hearing good things from friends I picked up a 6-pack. I tried it again, pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

I must have just gotten a bad pint on draft, because this one was much better out of the bottle. A nice copperish color with a creamy head... nutty, malty aroma, and a taste that stays the same. A hint of fruit and a little bit sweet, a very nice balance of the flavors.

I like this one a lot on second review... very nice American Octoberfest!

theboozecruise, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of hdofu
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer was odd, a little sweet, not much head left when it got to the table, what did remain was a thin white lacing on it's surface. The beer color was also an unusual redishorange color. The smell was sweet malt. Tasted mostly malty and bitter sweet had a bit of a hop finish. Felt sort of watery without the carbonation some beers pack. Overall the beer is resonably drinkable.

hdofu, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a nice deep orange brew with a fair off-white head, no lacing.

Smells faintly of malt and some hoppiness.

Some sugary malt flavors, but the sweetness is limited. Very good toasty bread notes and these flavors remain in the finish. Finish is almost a dry toast taste.

Medium body, limited carbonation in this draft glass.

You can put a few down. Had some boneless buffalo wings and this cleared the palate well. Decent beer, worth having one or two each time the season rolls around.

OtherShoe2, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of tdawgydog
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap poured into a 22oz frosted mug @ Outback Steakhouse. I have had this beer in the past and I was never really a big fan of it. This time was different. I'm not sure if it is a difference in the bottled version but in the past I always remember a sour aftertaste. The Octoberfest I had on tap last night did not display the same characteristics. In fact it was quite enjoyable. It pours a nice dark copper, the head had dissapated by the time the beer was brought to my table. The taste is very grainy, but enjoyable. I would probably try it again on tap if not just to confirm that my previous recollection of the beer was incorrect.

tdawgydog, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Brew33
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I must confess, I am not a huge fan of Octoberfest/Vienna Lagers. This beer is disappointing to me to say the least.

It is a good looking beer, when it arrived I was optimistic. I try at least a couple SA Octoberfest's each year. I remembered it being malty and sweet. That it was but with no discernable hop flavor and very little nuance. It was bordering on bland. It smells malty/grainy and sweet but the smell is faint.

It would be easy to drink a few of these but I doubt I will. The flavor and complexity of this beer doesn't match the Sam Adams price tag. I'd rather drink a Yuengling or a Shiner Bock.

Brew33, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Arsenal82
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured an amber/copper color with little to no head and very little lacing. Very little carbonation. The smell was of caramel, orange peel. Hops were present to balance out the malts. It went down smooth, but a bit watered down. A little carbonation feel on the tongue and with a bitter aftertaste. It goes pretty good with the Autumn weather up here in New England.

Arsenal82, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a small mediumsized white head, which dies after a while.

The smell is of malt, caramel with notes of citrusy hops. Pretty good.

The taste is quite sweet with notes of malt, caramel and citrusy hops. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is very average, a bit thin, with not that much carbonation.

It's a highly drinkable beer, though not that exciting.

Ljunkan, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of explosivebeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite of the Sam Adams line. This beer has a light, clear brownish-amber color with little head. The aroma is all malt, mostly caramel. The body has a load of malty goodness, again caramel, and a small but significant underlying bitterness to balance. It is easy to drink and generally enjoyable.

explosivebeer, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of dbtoe
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Look a dark golden body with a 2 finger head that reduced to a thin cap.

Smell sweet malt and maybe a hint of hops.

Taste not as sweet as I thought it would be from the smell a very nice toasted caramel malt with a touch of hop bitterness to even out the flavor.

Feel real good carbonation and a smooth creamy body

Drink very drinkable smooth tasting beer.

Comment this is a very good O-fest. I'll be getting this one again.

dbtoe, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of johnd513
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up to try an Oktoberfest since the selection was slim. This beer pours a clear copper color with a small tan head that quickly disappears with very little lacing. Smells of malt bread and a nice herbal aroma, a little sweet. Taste is malty, toasted malts and bread with a nice herbal flavor. Mouthfeel was of medium body and nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall worth a try but nothing exceptional.

johnd513, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of Hawthorne
4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a smooth brown color leaving a nice head. The taste is a truly tasty carmel maltiness which makes my malt loving mouth genuinely pleased. Drinkability? I've been pounding these bad boys for the past three weeks and I haven't lost my love for em yet.

Hawthorne, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Schmidts
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Bottle a 1/2 Inch head that goes to a small head quickly. Nice Copper color. Smells of Bread and malts and a little caramel sweetness.
Taste is wonderful flavor of Bread Malt and Nuts. A Very refreshing taste that calls for more!It is very nice in your mouth kind of creamy a little sweet with a nice Hop Balance.
This one is a Home Run October beer really Good I shall remember this one each October to revisit.
This is a Very Drinkable Beer.

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Schmidts, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on-tap tonight at Cemeno's in Joliet, IL.

A= This beer poured a clear copper color with a creamy 1/2" light tan head. The head quickly dropped to a thin skim. Not much lacing to speak of.

S= I found aromas of bakery malts, toasted nuttiness, and an overall mild sweetness.

T= This was an appropriately malty brew, with notes of toasted nuts and bread throughout. Just the slightest bit of hop presence kept this one well balanced.

MF= Medium bodied, medium carbonation level, smooth and even mouthfeel.

D= This was a great choice to enjoy with pizza and a fall baseball game. I have had some great Oktoberfest beers this year and some really mediocre ones. This one was a solid performer and I would drink it again.

spointon, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When seeking a reasonably priced but reliable Oktoberfest beer, I always turn to those fine folks at the Boston Beer Company. The initial pour consists of a thick and foamy gusher, which settles into a frothy head of cream atop a dark copper body. There is a profusion of carbonation bubbles within the glass and moderate lacing around it.

The nose will initially detect some sweet notes of butter; the palate discerns a subtle raisin flavor that is supplemented by a quick nip of alcohol - and isn't this why we drink beer? The mouthfeel boasts a toasty maltiness without any bitterness. This makes for a refreshing quaff anytime of the year (Alles Jahre indeed!)

jjboesen, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good offering from Sam Adams, which I normally don't like all that much.

Pours a deep clear copper with a fluffy head and a few little streamers of carbonation. The aroma is nice and robust - malty, biscuity, with some floral hops in there somewhere. The flavor is malty and rich, particularly for a beer that pours so clear. There is some spice from the hops, a slightly gingerbready character from the malt. The mouthfeel is solid and chewy, a satisfying beer with a small bite of carbonation. It finishes with a pleasant, spicy burn down the back of the throat.

A drinkable beer with a nice fall-like flavor.

Seanibus, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of bonkers
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear reddish/orange color with a 2 finger head. There is decent head retention and little lacing. The smell is dominated by sweet malt and bread notes. The taste follows. A very drinkable medium bodied beer. A very solid Oktoberfest beer.

bonkers, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish-brown hue and a somewhat clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head that didn't last very long.

S: Very malty smell, more so than any other element.

T: Like the smell, malt dominates the taste category. Not overly sweet, but still pretty flavorful.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a slick, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a well made beer and certainly very drinkable. It probably won't knock your socks off, but it's still well made.

avalon07, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured clear copper hue with a two finger head that had some nice lacing. No activity could be seen.

It had a nice malt and hops scent. Balanced and mild.

It had a very robust and well balanced taste of malt and hops. It was smooth and medium bodied with a nice clean malt finish.

Very drinkable. I rather enjoyed this beer.

Rennpferd, Sep 22, 2008
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,242 ratings.